American Dialect Society 2024 Conference Schedule

The American Dialect Society will hold its annual meeting in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America Thursday, January 4, through Sunday, January 7, 2024, in New York, NY. The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Times Square. This is the schedule as of December 31, 2023. Any later changes will be reflected on this page.


Thursday Jan. 4
12:30-2:30ADS Executive Council Meeting
2:30-3:00ADS Annual Business Meeting
Session 1: Ethnic and Regional Identity; Chair: Sharese King
Paper #13:15-3:45Ethnic identity and regional accommodation in a long-term, isolated communityWalt Wolfram, North Carolina State University
Paper #23:45-4:15Metapragmatics of mobility: Language, race, and identity negotiationPraiseGod Aminu, University of Pittsburgh
Paper #34:15-4:45PIN/PEN in Raleigh: Socially conditioned unmergerIrene Smith, McGill University; Morgan Sonderegger, McGill University; Robin Dodsworth, North Carolina State University
Paper #44:45-5:15Social class, migration, and intra-dialect contact in the development of Detroit AAE vowel systemsCharlie Farrington, Virginia Tech; Kaylynn Gunter, Amazon
Paper #55:15-5:45Speaking([g]) of place and ethnicity: (NG) realization among Utah teensLisa Morgan Johnson, Brigham Young University
WOTY Nominations6:30-7:30
Friday Jan. 5
Session 2: Linguistic Atlas/Dictionary Studies; Chair: Betsy Evans
Paper #68:00-8:30Usage citations in the digital era: “hooker” as a case studyDavid Wilton, Institute for Advanced Study
Paper #78:30-9:00The (slow) burning of the library of Alexandria: Data degradation in the Linguistic Atlas of the Gulf States, a case studyJohn Winstead University of Kentucky
Paper #89:00-9:30A linguistic atlas for the 21st century: We’ll keep the baby, the bathwater, and more, thanksAllison Burkette, University of Kentucky; Dennis Preston, University of Kentucky
Paper #99:30-10:00Black Boston Speaks: A phonological atlas of English in Boston’s Black communityMonica Nesbitt, Indiana University; Amalia L. Robinson, Indiana University; Joel Jenkins, Indiana University
Session 3: Panel 1 – Movement, Economy, Orientation: 20th Century Shifts in North American Language; Chairs: Monica Nesbitt, Joey Stanley, and Peggy Renwick
10:15-10:25Introductory RemarksMonica Nesbitt, Joey Stanley, and Peggy Renwick
Paper #1010:25-10:45Changes in dialect and dialect perception in Cooperstown, New YorkAaron Dinkin, San Diego State University
Paper #1110:45-11:05Mass migration and the proliferation of AIN’T for DIDN’T in PhiladelphiaSabriya Fisher, Wellesley College
Paper #1211:05-11:25Demographics, migration, and the African American vowel system in GeorgiaJon Forrest, University of Georgia; Margaret E. L. Renwick, University of Georgia; Joseph A. Stanley, Brigham Young University; Lelia Glass, Georgia Institute of Technology
Paper #1311:25-11:45Warshing away Missoura: Stigmatization as a catalyst for sound changeMatthew Gordon, University of Missouri; Christopher Strelluf, University of Warwick
11:45-12:05Q&A session
Session 4: Regional Phonological Variation; Chair: Nicole Rosen
Paper #141:30-2:00Phonetic diffusion in the Niagara border regionClaire Henderson, McGill University
Paper #152:00-2:30The actuation problem: Identifying phonetic precursors of phonological /aɪ/ raisingMarie Bissell, The Ohio State University; Kelly Berkson, Indiana University; Irina Shport, Louisiana State University; Stuart Davis, Indiana University
Paper #162:30-3:00Exploring the vowel space in Minnes[o]ta across apparent timeAlexandra Pfiffner, University of California, Berkeley
Paper #173:00-3:30Final stop aspiration: A Norwegian-English feature in Wisconsin English?Laura Moquin, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Session 5: Grammatical Variation; Chair: Valerie Fridland
Paper #183:45-4:15Copula absence variation in child and adult corpus speechJordyn Martin, University of Chicago
Paper #194:15-4:45The evolution of present tense copula and auxiliary negation in 20th century African American EnglishPatricia Cukor-Avila, University of North Texas; Guy Bailey, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Paper #204:45-5:15What’s the BIG deal? It’s HUGE! The adjectives of largeness in North American EnglishSali A. Tagliamonte, University of Toronto; Bridget L. Jankowski, University of Toronto
Paper #215:15-5:45Untangling the diachrony of variable ‘used to’: How many directions of change?Marisa Brook, University of Essex
WOTY Vote7:30-9:00
5-Minute Linguist9:15-10:45
Saturday Jan. 6
ADS Breakfast/President Address/Awards, Chair: Julie Roberts
8:30-10:15A sense of place and belonging in the American Dialect SocietyKathryn Remlinger, Grand Valley State University
Session 6: Panel 2 – Towards an Inclusive Dialectology: Developing an Agenda for Research on Minoritized Dialects, Chairs: Robert Bayley and Erica J. Benson
10:30-10:40Introductory remarksRobert Bayley, University of California, Davis; Erica J. Benson, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Paper #2210:40-11:00Bridging structure and social meaning in African American LanguageJ. Michael Terry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Lisa J. Geeen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Paper #2311:00-11:20Language in U.S. Latinx communities: Perspectives for inclusive dialectologyPhillip Carter, Florida International University; Lydda López-Valdez, University of Miami
Paper #2411:20-11:40Globalization, localization and minoritized languages in North AmericaMichael Picone, University of Alabama
Paper #2511:40-12:00(Socio)linguistics–What is it good for? A case for liberatory linguisticsAnne H. Charity Hudley, Stanford University; Dan Villarreal, University of Pittsburgh; Aris M. Clemons, University of Tennessee
12:00-12:20Q&A session
Poster Session (online in Gather
Poster #1“I have thoughts pero like I’ll keep them to myself”: pero like as a resource for stance-taking among heritage Spanish speakersKristen Fleckenstein, Coastal Carolina University; Juliet Huynh, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Poster #2Which witch?: The merger of /ʍ/ and /w/ over timeRachyl Hietpas, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Norah Howell, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Poster #3From spider to skillet: Diachronic methods applied to the LAPNour Kayali, University of Kentucky; Eleanor Wren-Hardin University of Kentucky
Poster #4Page 7A: Looking at the hand drawn home layouts in the Linguistic Atlas ProjectCatherine Mott, University of Kentucky
Poster #5Social proximity and “things like that”Amanda Payne, Haverford College
Poster #6Cross-study reliability of neural network auto-coders for rhoticityBrandon Prickett, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Sarah Gupta, AWS AI Labs; Monica Nesbitt, Indiana University; Joe Peter, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; James Stanford, Dartmouth University
Poster #7Vowel patterning in four regions of Manitoba, CanadaNicole Rosen, University of Manitoba; Lisa Sullivan, University of Manitoba
Poster #8An American portrait of Italian dialects: A guide to “The White Lotus” season twoGiulio Scivoletto, University of Catania
Poster #9There are no dialects in Russian, say native speakersAlexandra Serbinovskaya, Oklahoma State University
Poster #10“For this recipe, you’ll need…”: The food blog as a mocked registerEleanor Wren-Hardin, University of Kentucky
Poster #11Raising via PRIDE lowering in MichiganCaroline Zackerman, Michigan State University; Betsy Sneller, Michigan State University
Session 7: Language and the Media and IT; Chair: Alexandra Serbinovskaya
Paper #262:00-2:30The path to becoming a public linguistValerie Fridland, University of Nevada, Reno
Paper #272:30-3:00The past temporal reference verb forms of broadcast standard American EnglishBrian José, ((The Center for Language Education Research at) Indiana State University
Paper #283:00-3:30Awebo la vieja skuela: A corpus-driven examination of language contact and alternative orthographies in US-Latin hip hop commentsMatt Garley, York College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
Paper #293:30-4:00On determining the “Southernness” of vowel orientations: A Southern Vowel Shift Index (SVSI)Ryan Dekker, Arizona State University
Paper #304:00-4:30Mapping the stochastic parrot: ChatGPT as a tool for dialectological inquiryIan schneider, The Pennsylvania State University
Session 8: Perceptions/Identity; Chair: Aidan Malanoski
Paper #314:45-5:15The interplay of dialect and legal profession in the courtroomSharese King, University of Chicago; Marisa Casillas Tice, University of Chicago
Paper #325:15-5:45Quantifying features at different levels of variation: the language practices of AAE-speaking high-schoolersLi-Fang Lai, Pomona College; Gaby Poplawski, Pomona College; Nicole Holliday, Pomona College
Paper #335:45-6:15How do you hear a place?: The effect of indexical strength of place-linked associations on regional US dialect classificationKatie Carmichael, Virginia Tech; Annette D’Onofrio, Northwestern University
Paper #346:15-6:45Enregistering “the North:” Its otherly language, geography, and demeanor according to the American EastPatrick Gehringer, University of Kentucky
Sunday Jan. 7
Session 9: Discourse and Identity; Chair: Charles Carson
Paper #358:30-9:00Bitch! It’s a discourse markerBruce McCleary, Rice University
Paper #369:00-9:30Uptalk in bilingual Mexican American narrativesTyler Méndez Kline, University of California, Davis
Paper #379:30-10:00Yup↓: Subverting regional stereotypes with pulmonic ingressive discourse particles in Canadian Maritime EnglishMatt Hunt Gardner, University of Oxford 
Paper #3810:00-10:30Is ‘they wants’ what they want? Contrasting ideologies about singular they and verb agreement on different media sourcesMechelle Wu, University of Toronto
Session 10: Measuring Phonological Variation; Chair: Marissa Brook
Paper #3910:45-11:15Acoustic cues to TRAP tensing in Rochester, New York: Beyond single-point measuresJulianne Kapner, University of California, Berkeley
Paper #4011:15-11:45How dialects vary: Point pattern analysis of phonetic measurementsWilliam A. Kretzschmar, Jr., University of Georgia; Katherine Ireland, University of Georgia; Michael Olsen Southern Illinois University; Rachel Olsen, Southern Illinois University
Paper #4111:45-12:15Social meanings across the vowel chart: Variable co-occurrence in California EnglishDan Villarreal, University of Pittsburgh; James Grama, Sociolinguistics Lab, University of Duisburg-Essen
Paper #4212:15-12:45A report on /oy/-monophthongization in BaltimoreAidan Malanoski, CUNY Graduate Center